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Canadian helicopters conducted multiple missions Monday to rescue hundreds of people trapped in their vehicles on a freeway after huge rains caused landslides in western British Columbia.

The rains that began on Sunday triggered landslides, blocked roads, evacuated an entire city, forced an oil pipeline to close and delayed flights.

About 275 people, including 50 children, were stranded, about 100 vehicles near the mountain town of Agassiz about 120 kilometers east of Vancouver, resulting in evacuation flights.

Video footage showed Canadian Armed Forces cormorant helicopters bringing evacuees to safety.

This is when a group is flown to safety in a rescue helicopter after the area along Highway 5 was quickly flooded

A yellow cormorant hacker dropped people near the community center in Agassiz town before setting off on another rescue trip

Search and rescue workers help disembark evacuees from a helicopter in Agassiz, British Columbia on Monday

An aerial view shows a broken bridge during a flood near Coquihalla, British Columbia, Canada. Part of Highway 5 is shown here

Rescue workers wade through flood water along a damaged road in Malahat, British Columbia, Canada

Flood warnings and monitors have been issued on rivers and creeks for areas from Merritt in the south to the border with the United States, the Lower Fraser Region and parts of southern Vancouver Island

Search and rescue workers help flood evacuees disembark from a helicopter in Agassiz, British Columbia

The landslides and floods come less than six months after an out-of-control forest fire wiped out an entire city as temperatures skyrocketed in the province

Video footage showed Canadian Armed Forces cormorant helicopters bringing evacuees to safety

Floods flow along a damaged road in Malahat, British Columbia, Canada

Nearly 300 people were trapped in their vehicles by mudslides on a British Columbia freeway overnight and were flown to safety by helicopters on Monday

Authorities in Merritt, about 140 miles northeast of Vancouver, ordered all 8,000 citizens to evacuate after rising water cut bridges and forced the sewage treatment plant to close.

It warned residents not to use faucet water or flush their toilets.

“The continued living of the community without sanitation carries the risk of mass sewage backlogs and a personal health risk,” the city said in an official statement.

Some areas rained 8 inches on Sunday – the amount they typically see in a month – and the flood continued on Monday, with the streets covered in mud or up to 10 inches of water.

The landslides and floods come less than six months after an out-of-control forest fire wiped out an entire city as temperatures skyrocketed in the province.

An aerial view shows the damage caused by floods and landslides near Sea Bird Island, British Columbia. Part of BC Highway 1 can be seen here

A vehicle is submerged in flood along a street in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Monday

Fallen trees and debris can be seen during a flood near Lillooet, British Columbia. Highway 12 can be seen here

A road becomes immersed in flood on Monday in Malahat on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Forsythe said everyone in their vehicle joined about two dozen people on the flight to Agassiz, where nearly 80 others had already arrived from the freeway.

Forsythe said their vehicles are expected to be towed. Their group was about a nine hour drive from home and couldn’t find a hotel room to stay.

Jashanpreet Singh and his wife Harleen Kaur were also trapped between the two slides, saying they encountered a vehicle that was partially crushed by a slide.

A 9-year-old boy was injured and had blood from his nose and ears, Kaur said. The firefighters who were first at the scene of the accident were able to take care of the boy, she said.

An aerial photo shows landslides and damage on Highway 7 near Agassiz, British Columbia, Canada in this still from a video obtained through social media

A view of the washed-out Tank Hill underpass along Highway 1 near Lytton, British Columbia, Canada in this still from a video received on social media

An aerial view shows a damaged Highway 1 during a flood near Lytton, British Columbia, Canada. A nearby railway line also appears unstable

An aerial view shows how Highway 1 was damaged when a flood near Lytton, British Columbia washed away part of a road, leaving a railroad track on the edge

An aerial view shows the extent of the flooding near Haig, British Columbia, Canada as a landslide appears to be blocking a railway line as well

Highway 1 is completely impassable after flooding and landslides block the road

The couple were flown out on Monday. Singh said they learned a valuable lesson because they did not have food or water with them.

About 30 kilometers to the east, footage posted on Facebook showed that parts of a road near the town of Hope had been washed away.

“The situation is dynamic … the weather is very difficult,” Provincial Public Safety Secretary Mike Farnworth told reporters.

Storms are set to hit the area later and most likely lead to power outages, officials said.

Flood warnings and monitors have been issued on rivers and creeks for areas from Merritt in the south to the border with the United States, the Lower Fraser Region and parts of southern Vancouver Island.

The storm is the second weather-related disaster to hit the Pacific Province in just a few months.

Temperatures reached record highs in late June and sparked fires that destroyed a city.

A vehicle is submerged in flood along a street in Abbotsford, British Columbia on Monday

A batting cage in Hougen Park is submerged after rainstorms lashed western Canada’s British Columbia province, triggered landslides and floods, and closed highways in Abbotsford

A man investigates the flooding on a property after rainstorms hit British Columbia, western Canada, causing landslides and flooding, and blocking highways

A toilet building in Hougen Park is seen underwater after rains in British Columbia

Hougen Park is seen underwater after rainstorms in Abbotsford, British Columbia raised the tides quickly

Hougen Park has been flooded after storms that devastated the regions that caused flooding and landslides near Vancouver

In a park in Abbotsford, British Columbia, the toilets are completely submerged

About 275 people, including 50 children, were stranded, about 100 vehicles near the mountain town of Agassiz about 120 kilometers east of Vancouver, resulting in evacuation flights

Search and rescue workers help flood evacuees disembark from a helicopter in Agassiz, British Columbia

The storms forced the closure of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which carries crude oil from Alberta to the Pacific coast. The line has a capacity of 300,000 barrels per day.

The operating company announced that work on a planned expansion project has also been discontinued.

Melanie Forsythe said she made at least five detours on her drive home from Vancouver to Hope, British Columbia, when rain washed away a bridge, blocked roads and held her overnight between two mudslides before a helicopter landed on the freeway and put her in City carried by Agassiz.

Forsythe, who was dating boyfriend Shawn Ramsay and a friend, made it into town about 18 hours after stopping on Highway 7 with nearly 300 other travelers.

“All three of us puffed each other up and said, it’ll be fine, we’ll get out of here. But then we all had moments like, ‘Is that it? Will we be the last time to see our children? We talked to our parents and our families, but it was just a scary situation, ”she said.

A man rides his bike along the sea wall, past a barge that was detached from its anchorage and tumbled ashore after rainstorms hit Vancouver’s western Canadian province of British Columbia

A manatee collides with the shores of English Bay in Vancouver during a storm

A sailboat that was torn from its mooring in Vancouver ran ashore in False Creek during a storm that brought winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour

People walking along the seawall at English Bay in Vancouver photograph the open seas during a winter storm

Some areas experienced 8 inches of rain on Sunday – the amount they typically see in a month – and the deluge continued on Monday, with the streets covered in mud or up to 10 inches of water

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